Easy Clothespin Reindeer Ornaments: A Christmas Craft to Do With Kids
Ornament Night: A Jolly Holiday Tradition
In my family, we've always had a fun holiday tradition—we always spend one evening together making Christmas ornaments with the whole family. Sometimes it can be challenging to come up with ornaments easy enough for the little kids to make.
Now I'm carrying this wonderful tradition forward with my grandchildren. This year we made these super easy and fun clothespin reindeer Christmas ornaments. It's such a simple craft project that even very young kids can do it.
There are only two really essential materials needed for this craft—clothespins and glue—though I like to add other elements to give the reindeer some personality.
- Clothespins (These are the we used to make our ornaments. They are the flat, slotted kind, so they fit together and stick well. I can usually find them at the dollar store, but if they aren't available in a store near you, you can always get them on Amazon.) crafting clothespins
Other Decorations That Are Nice to Have
- Googly-eyes also add a lot to them. I like , as they give the reindeer some added personality. the ones with the eyelashes
- Pom poms
- Artificial flowers and greenery
- Wire for a hanger
Use anything else you can think of that will add to their charm. The only limit is your imagination. I find it amazing the ideas kid will come up with!
- Glue two of the craft clothespins together as shown below.
- Add eyes and other features. You can add a pom pom or some other item for a nose, or simply draw it on with a marker.
- Add embellishments as desired.
- Wrap a thin wire around the body where the two clothespins are joined. This is for hanging your reindeer.
The Basic Reindeer
We used hot glue to stick the two clothespins together. You could use any kind of craft glue you prefer.
Once you have the two clothespins attached, that is the basic structure. One forms the head and antlers of the reindeer, and the other forms the body and legs.
It looks like a reindeer already!
Bring Your Reindeer to Life
Adding eyes and nose will really make the reindeer start to come to life. You can leave them plain or get as fancy as you like.
Here is the finished product in all their finery. I think they are pretty cute, and they were a blast to make!
Dress Up Your Reindeer
Pay attention to the details, they make all the difference.
- Notice how using googly eyes of different sizes and colors makes the reindeer ornaments more interesting.
- I like to make little leggings for them out of bits of lace or paper doilies. Use a small piece of ribbon or lace for a pretty or funky bow, or scarf around the neck.
- Cut out ears from a bit of brown felt or a paper bag, they add a finishing touch.
- You can leave the body plain, or color it with paint or a marker.
- Color the hooves with a black marker.
- I always put a white pompom on the back too for a tail.
- Let your imagination run wild. Perhaps add some quirky clothing using small bits of fabric or add a hat or boots.
- Provide plenty of interesting materials and let the kids can come up with their own ideas. Many times my granddaughter comes up with creative ideas, things I would never have thought of myself.
Every time we make these ornaments, I am amazed at how different they look from year to year.
© 2011 Sherry Hewins